His life was marred by tragedy when his son Dodi died in the Paris car crash which claimed the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Now, it seems the twilight days of former Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed, 91, are to be blighted by a protracted High Court battle between his two youngest children.
For I can disclose that Camilla Fayed — the third of Fayed’s offspring by his second wife Heini Wathen — has just submitted a document, disputing claims made by her brother Omar, who has alleged that he was the victim of a ‘violent assault’ orchestrated by Camilla in tandem with her husband, Mohamad Esreb.
Her brother, who, as I revealed, is claiming £100,000 damages from his sister and brother-in-law, says the attack happened at Barrow Green Court, their parents’ Surrey estate, on May 18 after he had gone there for a ‘socially distanced’ meeting with his father.
Camilla, 35, completely denies her brother’s version of events, saying there was no attack and dismissing all his claims as ‘groundless’. She also alleges that given his ‘general demeanour and behaviour’, Omar was ‘on drugs’.
In a defence document just submitted to the High Court, she alleges that her father had been ‘so upset’ by Omar’s ‘demeanour and behaviour’ that he contacted her, asking her and her husband to come to Barrow Green Court.
On their arrival, says Camilla, her mother, Heini, informed them Omar had been ‘making allegations’ about Esreb.
Camilla, who considered the allegations to be ‘hurtful and untrue’, decided to ask Omar about them. When she did so, he allegedly responded by ‘shouting and swearing’ at her and Esreb and ‘threatening to have them arrested’.
Omar, alleges Camilla, ‘appeared to have red, bloodshot eyes, was sweating profusely and was behaving erratically. He seemed jittery and unable to stand still’. Camilla and her husband were obliged to follow Omar as he moved about ‘in order to talk to him’.
There was, she alleges, ‘no attack’ on him by the men he describes as ‘bodyguards’, nor did she call out —– as Omar alleges she did —– ‘Get the phone!’, still less did she take his iPhone.
How many more documents must be exchanged before one sibling or the other sees their claims go up in smoke?
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese knows how to command attention. This time, it has nothing to do with glamorous outfits or titillating performances.
The 47-year-old ex-wife of Marilyn Manson has become the proud new owner of two Devon Rex kittens and has taken to pushing them around in a navy pram.
Aleister, Dita’s beloved Devon Rex, died in May. Sporting a furry hat and long dark skirt with heels, Dita posted this picture online. ‘Look what the stork dropped off,’ she joked.